'Heathers' Fans Slam TV Series for 'Killing the Queers and Big Girls'
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One critic of new series says it "ends up playing more like a conservative fantasy of restoring the white, slim, and heterosexual to their proper place atop the teenage hierarchy."

"Heathers" is back -- but the TV adaptation of the '80s cult classing isn't necessarily being welcomed back with open arms.

Shortly after Paramount released the red band trailer for the upcoming series Thursday, Perez Hilton called it "politically incorrect as f-ck," while A.V. Club was shocked to see the series aim to restore "the white, slim and heterosexual" to the top of the teenage food chain.

"The end result, where conventionally pretty Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) and her bad-boy boyfriend JD Dean (James Scully) systematically pick off the 'unconventional' popular kids one by one, ends up playing more like a conservative fantasy of restoring the white, slim, and heterosexual to their proper place atop the teenage hierarchy than any sort of trenchant commentary on 21st-century teen culture," A.V. Club water Katie Rife wrote in an article with the headline, "Paramount Network's Heathers makes its damage known in baffling new trailer."

Many weighing in on Twitter took issue with the status quo character taking revenge against the marginalized.

"So the 'Heathers' reboot is about the pretty, cisgender, white, heterosexual couple killing the queers and big girls," the blogging duo Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez tweeted.

But amid all of the backlash, showrunner Jason Micallef is still sticking to his gut and defending his decision to change the way the Heathers will be viewed.

"The main thing to really take away is I don't view the Heathers as the villains," Micallef told Entertainment Weekly. "The three Heathers are incredibly powerful and ruling the school; they're the people you would want to be. In the original film, the Heathers were the ones I always loved, and it's the same with the series. The Heathers are the aspirational characters."

Micallef continued to remind EW who the real villain is, but the rest of Twitter took the trailer at face value.

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